Lay of the Land
“To trace the history of a river, or a raindrop, as John Muir would have done, is also to trace the history of the soul, the history of the mind descending and arising in the body. In both we constantly seek and stumble on divinity, which, like the cornice feeding the lake and the spring becoming a waterfall, feeds, spills, falls, and feeds itself over and over again.”~Gretel Ehrlich
The fifty-mile valley known as Jackson Hole lies between two stunning mountain ranges: the Tetons to the west and the Gros Ventres to the east. Part of Teton County, which also holds Grand Teton National Park and a large part of Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole comprises the town of Jackson (about a twenty-minute drive from the airport) and the villages of Moose and Wilson.
Teton Village, at the base of the mountain, is home to the Jackson Hole Ski Resort, about a twenty to thirty-minute drive from Jackson and, although they appear right next to each other on the map, a forty -minute drive from the airport. On the map, it looks like the Jackson airport is located right beside Teton Village, but due to the mountain range, you drive a big U to arrive. The Idaho border is about twenty miles from Jackson; in fact, Victor Emporium, a local favorite place for huckleberry shakes, is located in Victor, Idaho (twenty-four miles from Jackson).
Getting There & Around
There are direct flights to Jackson Hole from multiple cities including New York, Dallas, Chicago, LA and San Francisco. The tiny Jackson Hole airport is about a 20-minute drive away from town. We recommend renting a car while to get around the region.
When to Go
The ski season in Jackson runs from early December through March, a longer season than much of the American West due to the mountains’ altitude. The summer season, which starts in early June sees gorgeous wildflowers followed by sunny days ideal for hiking, horseback riding, fishing, biking and white-water rafting.